cray·​fish | \ ˈkrā-ˌfish How to pronounce crayfish (audio) \

Definition of crayfish

1 : any of numerous freshwater decapod crustaceans (especially families Astacidea, Cambaridae, and Parastacidae) resembling the lobster but usually much smaller

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The crayfish was released this week into the chilly creek inside Smallin Cave. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 Smallmouth anglers are casting tube jigs, drop shot rigs and live bait rigs with crayfish or shiner minnows around structure in 24 to 28 feet of water. D'arcy Egan,, "Lake Erie walleye fishing still a party, despite weather: May 21 Fishing Report," 21 June 2019 The wounded crayfish managed to survive and appears well on its way to eventually shedding its exoskeleton and becoming whole again. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 That combination makes waters toxic to crayfish, clams, fish, and other aquatic animals. National Geographic, "Acid rain, explained," 12 June 2019 In February, a new type of crayfish was discovered, born from parthenogenesis. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "VIRGIN BIRTH! Stingray gives birth to 'Darth Vader' after cloning herself in scientific phenomenon," 30 Aug. 2018 Peter Gordon’s glossy restaurant atop Auckland’s Sky Tower, The Sugar Club, offers several options: spanner crab, crayfish linguine, monkfish, and Mount Cook Salmon (something that is carried through to his menus designed for Air New Zealand). Amy Louise Bailey, Vogue, "The 7 Dishes You Have to Eat in New Zealand," 25 July 2018 Sweetbreads with creamy white insides were fried to a pale, crinkled gold, then served with a brown, French, lovely and anachronistic sauce made from veal jus and crayfish. New York Times, "It’s Not Fake French, It’s Frenchette," 10 July 2018 Since the 1960s, the species has been decimated by fires, mudslides, pesticides, fungal infections, loss of habitat and the appetites of nonnative trout, bullfrogs and crayfish. Louis Sahagun,, "Born in a zoo, released into the San Gabriels, a rare Los Angeles frog bounces back," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of crayfish

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crayfish

by folk etymology from Middle English crevis, from Anglo-French creveis, escreveice, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krebiz crab — more at crab

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English Language Learners Definition of crayfish

: an animal that looks like a small lobster and lives in rivers and streams


cray·​fish | \ ˈkrā-ˌfish How to pronounce crayfish (audio) \
plural crayfish

Kids Definition of crayfish

1 : a freshwater shellfish that looks like the related lobster but is much smaller

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